A web developer can be self-taught, however, certification is required by many employers, and if one works as an independent, some customers may ask for a certificate. There are online courses that offer web development certification courses, or an individual may wish to gain an associate’s degree in web development. Employers view previous experience as a highly desirable asset in a web developer, and often will overlook education/certification if years of experience and know-how can be shown.

What are Web Developers like?


Based on our pool of users, web developers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Web Developers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 2534 Sokanu users

Are Web Developers happy?


Web developers rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 62nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Web Developer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Web Developers

The most common degree held by web developers is Computer Science. 9% of web developers had a degree in computer science before becoming web developers. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among web developers, representing 2% of web developers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Web Developer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Web Developer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of web developers % of population Multiple
Computer Science 9.1% 2.7% 3.3×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 6.4% 0.3×
Web Design 1.6% 0.4% 4.3×
Computer Programming 1.6% 0.3% 5.5×
Information Systems 1.5% 0.5% 3.0×
Computer Engineering 1.4% 0.6% 2.4×
Management Information Systems 1.1% 0.4% 2.6×
English Literature 1.1% 4.8% 0.2×
Graphic Design 1.1% 1.3% 0.8×

Web Developer Education Levels

50% of web developers have a bachelor's degree. 21% of web developers have an associate's degree.

No education 4%
High school diploma 8%
Associate's degree 21%
Bachelor's degree 50%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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